Mike Richardson was drafted by the New England Patriots in the sixth round (202nd overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft ... Signed by the Patriots (7/14/07) ... Placed on injured reserve with a hand injury (8/28/07) ... Released by the Patriots (8/30/08) ... Signed to the Patriots practice squad (8/31/08) ... Signed to the Patriots' active roster (10/20/08).
2008 (10/0): Played in 10 of the last 11 games after being signed to the active roster from the practice squad on Oct. 20 ... Recorded four solo tackles on defense and ranked sixth on the team with eight special teams tackles ... Made his NFL debut against Denver (10/20) ... Tied for the team lead in special teams tackles twice (vs. PIT, vs. ARI) in 2008 ... Made his first NFL appearance, playing in reserve at cornerback against Denver (10/20) and made two special teams tackles ... Made three solo tackles in coverage while tallying one special teams tackle against St. Louis (10/26) ... Tied for the team lead in special teams tackles with two and made one solo tackle in coverage against Pittsburgh (11/30) ... Contributed one special teams tackle in the Patriots' comeback win at Seattle (12/7) ... Tied for the team lead with two special teams tackles against Arizona (12/21).
2007 (0/0): Placed on injured reserve (8/28) and missed his rookie season due to injury.
GP/GS (Playoffs): 10/0 (0/0)
Played in 49 games over four seasons with the Irish ... Totaled 121 tackles (84 solo), 13 tackles for loss (10 solo), eight interceptions, 12 passes defensed and two forced fumbles. 2006 (Fifth-Year): Veteran leader of the Notre Dame secondary ... Started all 12 games at cornerback ... Led the team with four interceptions, a mark that led all Division I-A independents ... Recorded his four interceptions in the final three games of the season, including a pick in the Sugar Bowl against LSU.
Michael Isaiah Richardson was born February 18, 1984, in Sumter, S.C ... Graduated from Warner Robins (Ga.) High School ... Earned four letters in football at wide receiver and cornerback ... Finished with career totals of 1,866 rushing yards, 24 receptions for 450 yards and 24 total touchdowns ... Ran bests of 14.4 in 110-high hurdles and 38.0 in 300- intermediate hurdles ... He is the younger of two children ... A graduate of Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business with a degree in marketing ... Enrolled in graduate studies at Notre Dame after earning his degree.
- Mike played with Cleveland Browns quarterback Brady Quinn at Notre Dame.
- Mike was drafted on the second day of the 2007 NFL draft along with Notre Dame teammates Derek Landri (Jacksonville), Dan Santucci (Cincinnati) and Chinedum Ndukwe (CIN).